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Waikato eco-friendly builder recommendations?

We're in the early stages of planning for a small (90m2 + garage and deck) house in the Waikato, and would like to work with a builder who has an interest in sustainable materials and practices. It won't be a ...
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18 Jun 18 03:00 PM - By johnpitcairn
18 Jun '18 03:00 PM
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Flat roof membrane

Hi everyone! We recently noticed that our flat roof requires recoating as it started causing a bit of problem with weather tightness after heavy rainfalls. Received two solutions from our building consultant and roofing company he works with: Fit new timber to give ...
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17 Jun 18 08:20 PM - By OldnSlow
17 Jun '18 08:20 PM
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Insulation R rating

I installed insulation in my ceiling and floor and it made my house much warmer. Last year I installed wall batts R2.2 in a bedroom and this made a reasonable difference. I am looking at doing another bedroom and just ...
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13 Jun 18 10:36 PM - By Solar Mike
13 Jun '18 10:36 PM
By Solar Mike
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Wetback plumbing

Hi, I have a wetback that has been installed for some years but i have never had the performance i would expect from it. it is a 3 or 4kw unit installed in a Metro Mega back to back with the cylinder, ...
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13 Jun 18 11:23 AM - By manx
13 Jun '18 11:23 AM
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Cork flooring a good long-term eco option? Low VOC etc?

Hi folks We have a Rimu wooden floorboard home, we've sanded and sealed half the house with Bona Traffic Natural. I'd like to do the whole house like this but my wife wants to instead pull up the old carpet in living ...
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13 Jun 18 10:32 AM - By Warren
13 Jun '18 10:32 AM
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Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems

In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
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10 Jun 18 07:37 PM - By MikeD
10 Jun '18 07:37 PM
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Subdivision and council info

We purchased a property around 4 years ago in the Waikato District. It is a half acre made up of the original section plus a paper road which was added to the title some years ago and effectively doubled ...
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09 Jun 18 08:52 PM - By it's In the detail
09 Jun '18 08:52 PM
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Coloursteel cladding

Hi everyone, we are in the process of designing our first home- we've decided on a heat treated (non-chemical) pre-stained NZ radiata pine from Abodo which looks fantastic but unfortunately comes at a bit of a cost. After getting our ...
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03 Jun 18 08:24 PM - By Dys
03 Jun '18 08:24 PM
By Dys
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Hydronic underfloor heating with air-to-water heatpump, Christchurch

Hi all, Can anyone offer advice with regard to this, as well as your experiences with install and running costs? Planning a 180m2 single-storey build in Christchurch and I really like the idea of an efficient central heating system to keep the ...
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28 May 18 03:16 PM - By MrCynic
28 May '18 03:16 PM
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YTong v Hebel Blocks

Are there any benefits of one over the other with the New Zealand supplies of 200mm blocks from YTong or Hebel? I know they are the same parent company and one comes from China whereas the other comes from Australia but ...
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16 May 18 09:26 PM - By D H Construction
16 May '18 09:26 PM
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Consent for Cob House

Hi Folks, I'm looking for information on small owner built cob houses in NZ and any advice on the resource consent processes involved. It seems most of the projects I come across are done without permits as the consent process is ...
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11 May 18 04:20 PM - By Ruthie
11 May '18 04:20 PM
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Electric Underfloor Heating - Advice Needed

We will be moving into a house that was built in 2004, fully insulated and double glazed. The house is 400sqm and the main heating source is electric underfloor heating, besides two gas fireplaces and ceiling heating in the ...
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09 May 18 09:30 PM - By JMN
09 May '18 09:30 PM
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Underfloor heating. electric versus heatpump

am building a 285m2 house and are struggling with how to heat it. I wanted to use Heat Pump Hydronic underfloor heating but have been suggested electric underfloor by the architect. The house is a solar passive design with ...
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09 May 18 09:23 PM - By JMN
09 May '18 09:23 PM
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Sprayed Cork Insulation

Is the anyone in New Zealand that offers sprayed cork insulation?
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06 May 18 08:22 PM - By CJ!
06 May '18 08:22 PM
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Concrete Culvert Cabin Construction?

I am interest to know if anyone has information or knowledge on using Precast Concrete Culverts as the base for a small modular cabin? Being an "off the shelf" (so to speak) product that is cost effective, comes in multiple ...
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24 Apr 18 07:58 PM - By JRS
24 Apr '18 07:58 PM
By JRS
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Building a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom 225 sqm home using SIPS in Whangarei on a b

Hi, I'm really new to the forums. But have moved back to Whangarei from Auckland (thank god) and am looking to use SIPS as a building material for a new home. Does anyone know any experienced builders that have used ...
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24 Apr 18 08:23 AM - By Womble1
24 Apr '18 08:23 AM
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DiySpray foam insulation

Hey everyone we are currently renovating a 1960 classic kiwi beach house/batch to suit modern living. With winter approaching far to quickly we desperatly need some insualtion! We have linings off currently and i want to spray foam as much ...
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11 Apr 18 07:30 AM - By Dys
11 Apr '18 07:30 AM
By Dys
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Remove and rebuild

Hi guys My wife and i currently own a property in Tauranga, built in the 1980s that needs a fair bit of money thrown at it to get it upto an acceptable standard. The house is only 130sqm bit sits on ...
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05 Apr 18 12:50 PM - By MelloP
05 Apr '18 12:50 PM
By MelloP
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Heating and heat transfer options

Hi there Am building a home in Auckland. I am having polished concrete floors downstairs (open plan living) and wondering if anyone has lived with polished conc floors without inslab heating (in Auckland) and if they liked it or hated ...
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27 Mar 18 09:57 AM - By Ng
27 Mar '18 09:57 AM
By Ng
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we want to build a cheap house ourselves

I have just bought 7 hectres of land in Kaiwaka New Zealand, with half of it in covented bush. I am trying to get info and ideas on what type of house we could build that is cheap to ...
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25 Mar 18 04:01 PM - By Charlew
25 Mar '18 04:01 PM
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Underfloor heating

Wondering roughly how much it would be to install a heat source to supply our underfloor heating system? The owners who built it originally got it all piped but never got the heat source installed and we are thinking about getting ...
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19 Mar 18 12:02 AM - By Tofu
19 Mar '18 12:02 AM
By Tofu
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thermosiphoning solar water.

Hi I'm hoping someone can cast some light on this topic for me. I would like to put some tubes basically out in the garden down a bank a bit and thermosiphon to my cylinder indoors. There will be about three ...
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16 Mar 18 04:04 PM - By Solar Mike
16 Mar '18 04:04 PM
By Solar Mike
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uPVC window Architectural recommendations?

Can anyone recommend good uPVC windows supplier in NZ? Im after something that has good spans/sizes for architectural house designs some seem to be limited to 2.1m high would prefer a suite that can do at least 2.7m high able to be placed ...
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14 Mar 18 12:50 PM - By steveJ
14 Mar '18 12:50 PM
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Advice on building on rural bare land

Hi, I've never done this before and I'm trying to learn. I'm in the process of buying a rural block. It has a geotech survey with no obvious issues. We are planning on putting a custom modular home from a reputable company on ...
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12 Mar 18 07:13 PM - By nziancollins
12 Mar '18 07:13 PM
By nziancollins
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Swimming Pool: solar v heat pump

We are looking to install a swimming pool (10m*4m*1.5 average depth) at our Auckland house and I’m trying to decide on solar or a heat pump. We are fortunate to have a large north facing and unobstructed roof adjacent ...
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12 Mar 18 02:47 PM - By George e boy
12 Mar '18 02:47 PM
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